Learn About Clinical Trial Participation
What You Should Know
There have never been more opportunities to help develop new drugs for cystic fibrosis than there are today.
More potential therapies to treat CF are in development today than in the entire history of cystic fibrosis research.
While that gives all of us great cause for hope, it also charges us with recruiting more people than ever before to help us test new drugs.
Without patient volunteers — without people like you — research and progress are not possible.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials, also called clinical studies, are research trials in human volunteers that seek to answer questions about new potential drugs or new ways of using already approved therapies to treat a disease or condition.
There are two types of clinical trials: observational and interventional.
The Foundation’s clinical trial search tool allows you to search for both observational and interventional clinical trials.
Participating in a clinical trial can be a very satisfying and worthwhile experience. A few of the potential reasons to participate include:
Who sponsors clinical research?
Clinical research can be sponsored in part or entirely by any number of organizations or individuals. For example, medical institutions, universities, foundations, voluntary groups, drug companies, and federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), all sponsor research.
The sponsor chooses doctors, called principal investigators, to run the trials. Study-related medical care is often provided to the patient at no cost.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the primary supporter of CF research. Almost all of the approved CF therapies available today were made possible because of research funded by the CF Foundation.